Will you plan a romantic cottage getaway for Valentine’s Day? Are you looking for a romantic weekend but the tried and true hotel stay lacks appeal? California features romantic cottages galore. It is time to give the Golden State another look.
Windrose Romantic Cottages for Guests who plan to tour California’s Wine Country
6880 Day Road in Windsor, 95492
Situated within 30 minutes of the Pacific Ocean, Sonoma, the redwoods and the Napa Valley, there are the five Windrose Romantic Cottages. Priced from $130 per night to $235 a night, guests may choose an Italian cottage experience or opt for a distinctly British feel.
Tip: Reserve the water tower cottage. In addition to the unique setting, this romantic cottage getaway comes with a glass-enclosed hot tub that offers stunning views but features complete privacy.
Crystal Pier Hotel for the Planners who book in Advance
4500 Ocean Boulevard in San Diego, 92109
Located on a Pacific Ocean pier, the cottages of the Crystal Pier Hotel feature vintage clapboard exteriors and ultramodern interiors. Cottages sleep two, four or six guests. Rates vary between $175 and $525 per night. Since the proximity to San Diego places these cottages in high demand, management recommends that you make your reservations six months in advance for a winter stay; for summer, plan on calling about a year ahead of your arrival date.
Tip: Check the events section of the hotel’s website. There are several specials that apply on various days, which could translate into generous savings. For example, between February 10 and Valentine’s Day, a romantic cottage getaway might only cost you $200 for selected cottages.
Griffin House Inn for Romantic Weekend Travelers who bring the Pets
5910 South Highway 1 in Elk, 95432
A romantic weekend at the Griffin House Inn may involve any one of the eight cottages on the property. Four romantic cottages are oceanfront locations. Costs vary between $135 per night and $325 a night. There are three pet-friendly cottages where guests may bring a pre-approved pet to stay.
Tip: Plan on enjoying the breakfast at the cottage. Each morning a hearty breakfast gets delivered between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Take it out onto the private deck that overlooks the ocean (or garden) for an unforgettable breakfasting experience.
Sleepy Forest Resorts for a secluded Romantic Weekend
426 South Eureka Drive in Big Bear Lake, 92315
Big Bear is famous for its mountain resort. Not quite as famous is the collection of charming cottages at the Sleepy Forest. Some are big enough for larger families while others cater to the couple in search of romance away from the world. If you sign up for the $75 romance package, you even get flower petals, champagne, candles and sweets set up in your cottage prior to your arrival.
Tip: Reserve the studio cottage. It is the smallest cottage on the property but features a full kitchen and secluded picnic bench in the back. If your romantic cottage getaway relies on complete privacy, this is the venue to pick.